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This Is Us Season 4

NBC's tearjerker family drama returned for a fourth season Tuesday and greatly expanded its world, introducing three story lines that have the potential to shake up life for the Pearsons, now and in the future. The new narratives, and the new characters that go with them, could add energy to the series after a woefully tiresome Season 3. If the premiere episode, "Strangers," is any indication, the new trio (and talented actors who play them) are just what "Us" needs.

This Is Us Season 4

We see New Jack through more life stages than anyone else in the episode, and the reason becomes clear when his identity is finally revealed. He's the only new character not in the present timeline. (So we might not see as much of him this season as the other two.).

This Is Us wrapped up its fourth season with an hour that encompassed four different time periods, introduced two new key characters, brought back many more recurring players and still managed to set up storylines that will reverberate throughout the final two seasons for which the show has already been renewed.

Suffering from PTSD, Cass returns home from the war and struggles to adjust to normal life. Flashing back to her time in the Middle East, she lashes out at her child, Maddie, and promptly leaves, shocked at her own actions. Deciding she needs help, she heads to counselling. Her life is at a stand-still and a lot of this stems from the sheer guilt she feels over the cost of civilian lives out on the front lines. That figure happens to be a measley $1200. Before she can continue talking though, a man throws a chair through the window. That man happens to be Nicky.

Acting as a throwback to the very first episode, This Is Us does well to add new characters to the fold while using the Jack and Rebecca storyline to anchor everything together. Of course, due to the extended amount of time dedicated to the trio of new faces, fans expecting more screen-time for their favourites may well be left disappointed with this.

At baby Jack's birthday party, Rebecca and Miguel announced their intention to move to St. Louis, where they'll live for nine months while Rebecca receives treatment. However, in a flash-forward, Kevin, his mystery fiancée, and Kate join Rebecca at the family cabin to celebrate their 40th birthday (no Randall in sight). Does this mean the trial didn't work, or did Rebecca forgo it after all?

In the near-future flash forward, Kate (Chrissy Metz) is wearing her wedding ring, but she signs documents on behalf of Rebecca as Kate Pearson and Toby is nowhere in sight. Could this mean the tensions between her and Toby (Chris Sullivan) were too much to continue in their marriage?

When This Is Us premiered back in 2016, the first season focused heavily on the early days of Jack and Rebecca's time as parents: the run-up to the birth of their triplets, the loss of their son Kyle, and Randall's adoption. It also featured their OB-GYN, Dr. K. Since then, the show has drifted away from that era and their doctor. But he returned in the Season 4 finale, and Dr. K's "Blue Skies" song on This Is Us was just the moment fans needed. Warning: Spoilers for This Is Us follow.

Jack's response is to pack up the family and take a trip back to Dr. K. Though the show has long left the character behind, for this era of the couple, Dr. K. is still someone who they see on a semi-regular basis during the post-pregnancy wrap-up.

After Jack and Rebecca leave, they go home and finally allow themselves to grieve and move on from this emotional time. Meanwhile, Dr. K. finds himself sitting alone in his office, singing to himself. "Blue skies....smiling at me...."

Season five of This Is Us is finally premiering on Oct. 27 and there's a lot to catch up on. We last saw the Pearson family reunite at Kate and Toby's house to celebrate baby Jack's first birthday. While it's great to see everyone back together, it wouldn't be a This Is Us episode without gut-wrenching drama. We were left frantic over sibling rivalries, heartbroken over Rebecca's health diagnosis, and euphoric over the news of growing families at the end of season four. Major things are happening to every character and there's plenty of cliffhangers that set the tone for season five. First, let's play a bit of catch-up!

Season five of This Is Us is finally premiering on Oct. 27 and there's a lot to catch up on. We last saw the Pearson family reunite at Kate and Toby's house to celebrate baby Jack's first birthday. While it's great to see everyone back together, it wouldn't be a This Is Us episode without gut-wrenching drama. We were left frantic over sibling rivalries, heartbroken over Rebecca's health diagnosis, and euphoric over the news of growing families at the end of season four. Major things are happening to every character and there's plenty of cliffhangers that set the tone for season five. First, let's play a bit of catch-up!\n","id":47884790,"type":"gallery","photo_source":"Image Source: NBC","permalink":"https:\/\/\/entertainment\/how-did-this-is-us-season-4-end-47884790","canonical":"https:\/\/\/entertainment\/how-did-this-is-us-season-4-end-47884790","share_text":"The Pearson Family Is Back! 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